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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pildagerst, Piliegrest, n. Also: pildi-, pilli-, pila- and -gharst, -grast, -grasse. ( ? Pilled, p.p. of e.m.E. pill Pill v., also = to decorticate, and Girst n., Grist n. Cf. later Eng. dial. (Cornwall) pillas-gerts ‘the groats from the naked oat or occasionally barley’ (EDD).) — 1631 Buccleuch Household Bk. 25 Sept.
For grund peper ginger & pildagerst
Ib. 3 Oct.
For pildagerst that was with the foull of brothe on Fredday
1680 Blackness Customs 6 b, etc.
Fyftie pund pildigharst in tua firikens
1685 Inverness Customs MS. 7.
1688 Dumfr. & Galloway Soc. 3 Ser. XXXVI. 44.
1694 Dunbar Social Life I. 148.
To … merchant in Roterdame … for … sending home the goods after following … Two barrells piliegrest four hogsheads alme

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